Video Captures Insane Train Track Rescue of SF Man

Rebekah Sager
November 04, 2019 - 11:57 am

A man in San Francisco is thanking his lucky stars today after a hero saved his life. 

John O'Connor has worked at BART transportation for 24 years. He was helping out during a crowded night Sunday at the Coliseum station following an Oakland Raider game when a man slipped and felling onto the southbound train track just seconds before the train rolled into the station.  

"I was standing on the yellow strip, telling people to stay back, looking (north) toward Lake Merritt when, in my peripheral vision, I saw him fall, almost like he missed a step going up a stairway, and he ended up in the trackway,” O’Conner told CBS SF. "Everybody was telling him, ‘Get out of the trackway, a train’s coming."

Without a second to spare, O'Conner jumped on the track and miraculously scooped the man up to safety. 

“I thought the train was going to cut him in half, honestly,” O’Conner said Sunday night. “I didn’t want to see this guy die.”

The below emotional video was captured by Tony Badilla just after the man was rescued.

O’Conner told CBS SF, “I just did what I did. I just thank God I was there.”